Everyday our lives revolve around technology more and more. The scope and applications of technology can be felt throughout many industries.
And even if we leave aside the many applications that technology has for all kinds of companies, businesses and organizations, we can definitely look to the applications available to the average person to find an example of the pervasiveness of technology.
We now use computers every single day for a variety of applications:
- Entertainment: high definition video on demand, high quality music streaming, online gaming. The entertainment potential is only limited by the user’s imagination.
- Shopping: buy (or sell too!) anything you can think of and have it delivered directly to your door. Look for a coupon or promo to make the deal sweeter!
- Productivity: productivity suites will ensure that any needs your business or office might have will be covered. Don’t like the steep price tag on the paid apps? Uninstall it and try open source software such as Open Office.
- Financial: budget managing, savings tracker, keep stocks up to date and organized. There are truly myriad financial applications to sink your teeth into.
- Amateur design: image manipulation, basic video and audio editing and image creation, whatever you might need, you can find a program to do it, either a paid version or a free version as well.
- Social Media: technically entertainment, but it can be used for a truly astounding number of things, from keeping in touch with old friends to promoting your business; social media is one of the most useful tools at our disposal.
It’s easy to see with these examples (and believe us, this is nowhere near a complete list) that technology is going to have a really big role in the future.
But, how exactly does this affect us as a society? What is the effect of technology now, and what could possibly be its effect in the future when it is even more widespread than now?
The answer to that question is actually a lot more complicated than it would seem at first, for even areas that don’t seem to fall into the realm of technology or technology’s influence are indeed affected.
- Take for example socializing. Thanks to the internet it is now easier to find other people who share your interests than ever before. It has shortened the distances between people, allowing them to interact with one another and become friends even though the live in different time zones. Social media has also played a big part in allowing us to stay connected.
At the same time, however, these platforms have also given birth to new forms of isolation. Individuals may have social lives inside the web, but live like hermits without any real friends or even acquaintances. Add to this the fact that the internet allows for virtual anonymity and you can see an increase in antisocial behaviour on it: bullying, racism, misogyny, merciless trolling (to the point of driving the target to suicide) and even just outright conning and swindling.
Having said all this, we cannot overstate the importance that the level of connection the internet (and having devices that can access it everywhere we go) has provided us being a necessary and useful tool for humanity with the unfortunate side effect of giving certain toxic people an outlet for their vitriol.
- Another side effect that technology will continue to have in the near future is how it affects our health. As was the case with the internet, there are both good and bad consequences arising from the general spread of technology.
On the one hand we have an increase in obesity and other inactivity related conditions since the concept of “Netflix and chill” slowly became “binge-eat-and-watch”. Spending even 3 hours a day completely motionless while staring at a screen (whether watching a show or gaming) and putting food in your mouth whenever you feel hungry is a one-way ticket to weight, cardiovascular and other types of health problems.
This also has an effect on posture, and neck or back problems are becoming more and more commonplace earlier in the lives of people, leading to either chronic pain that can only be numbed through heavy medication or costly medical procedures in order to correct the problem.
On the more positive side of the argument, technology has now made it easier than ever to track your day to day activities in order to stay healthy. Even with a simple smartphone application you can keep track of all of the good habits you need to keep: from exercising a certain amount of time to tracking how much water you drink every day. It has never been easier to know exactly how you are doing in terms of a training regimen or diet. With certain peripherals or even depending on your phone you can even keep track of heart rates, stress levels and sleep patterns.
As you can see, technology is already quite a big part of our lives, and will only continue to increase its presence as it inevitably advances.
The only thing that will determine if this is a good or a bad thing, if technology ultimate brings us together and serves us or whether it will end up completely alienating and dominating us is how we choose to use it and what we choose to use it for.
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- Speeds up your PC performance by cleaning start up entries
- Stabilizes your system by taking care of system help files, shared libraries and virtual devices
- Fixes Active X and Class Issues through control scan and user scan functions
- Patches up all known registry errors
- Improves privacy settings by taking care of most recently used programs list and history and start menu
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